Three Huge Mistakes Artists Make
In the beginning of my career as an artist, I remember a woman asking me what I do. I told her I was a painter. She asked, “You paint houses?” I kindly replied, “No, more like an artist.” She then asked, “What do you do for a living? I explained that I am an artist who makes revenue and a living from the art I create. She couldn’t believe it. She thought all artists were starving and that in order to make money from your art you have to be dead. It amazes me the perception our culture has of artists and creatives. This is one of the largest myths out there, and a lot of artists are buying into it. I plan on shedding some light on this subject; that it is possible to be a thriving artist, not a starving artist. Let’s look at three mistakes artists make and how to overcome in order to thrive.
Look at his or her life in one dimension- I’ve met thousands of talented artists who spend their precious time creating images that live in a singular view of their craft. They paint an original, and that’s it. They also leave hundreds of thousands, actually millions on the table because they live on a single branch of thinking.
The goal is the take a painting, a single asset, and deposit it into your online bank account (your website) and let it earn revenue for you long term over the course of your life.
If you spend the time banking and building a brand that owns the assets of your creativity, they can go to work for you while you sleep.
They don’t reproduce their artwork- One of the biggest misses I see with creatives such as artists, authors, models, and photographers is that they don’t publish their work. They miss the opportunity for a revenue increase by not reproducing their art on multiple products. I recently helped artists learn how to publish their art and add another four thousand a month of free money online through prints of their work. I will be offering this system online through a video course. Stay tuned. Click here to get on the waiting list.
The bi-product and blessing of putting your art to work for you is that it provides a stable income stream and allows you free time to create without pressure. It’s a fantastic cycle. After 30 years of doing this, I can tell you it’s changed our life and family. If something happens to me, my family is provided for.
Your time is your most valuable asset. How you spend your time is crucial. If I spent my life creating only originals, it would be the equivalent of an author writing books one-by-one and selling them.
They live on an island- I have seen more and more in the last 30 years those artists that hide everything they have and learned. They hide their techniques. They don’t share their discoveries and failures. They basically run life alone.
This way of living chokes a person’s life and keeps growth from happening. New creativity cannot be embraced because the artist is running damage control and living in fear. It’s a life of being reactive, not proactive.
The most abundant life as a creative isn’t ran alone. Collaboration breeds new opportunities. Your gift helps others grow, and your life isn’t about you. As an ambassador of beauty, our job isn’t to create for self’s sake. It’s to live as an act of worship back to God who entrusted us with the gift and to be a blessing to others and the world.
Yes, it is possible to do what you love most, making the most money possible while impacting the world. It just takes getting off the island and looking through a different set of lenses.
What mistakes do you think artists make that keeps them starving rather than thriving? Please leave a comment below and feel free to share with your friends. I’m glad you’re here!